A surfer participating in South Africa’s J-Bay Open, an annual surfing competition, was setting up in the water when a fin appeared next to him. A moment later, the most terrifying thing that can happen to you in the ocean happened and it was captured on live TV.
Australian Mick Fanning was wadding with his surfboard in Jefferys Bay when a fin appeared next to him. According to an interview after the incident:
Fanning was interviewed again on the beach and was unable to fight back tears when reliving the moment. “I was just about to start paddling again and all of a sudden I had this instinct that something was behind me. Then I started getting pulled under water and the thing came up and I was on my board and it was right there and I saw the whole thing, it was right there. I was getting dragged under by my leg rope,” he said.
“I felt like it was dragging me under water and then my leg rope broke so I started swimming and screaming … I just can’t believe it, I’m just tripping out.”